Then there is the never ending argument of who invented the Falafel. Was it the jews in Egypt, while in exiled slavery? Did the Lebanese jews bring it with them to Israel?
DOES IT MATTER????
Falafel is Falafel, whether Jews, Israelis, Lebanese or Syrians invented it. It just doesn't matter and definately not worth the argument.
Please see this fact sheet for more interesting info on Falafel.
Since making my wonderful pita pockets I figured its time to make Falafel. And they came out great :-)
- 2 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
- 1/2 large onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh corriander
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2pices of dark bread, crumbled
- 1 tsp. Salt
- Oil for frying
Preparation:Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight.
In a meat grinder grind the chickpeas,garlic, onion, coriander, and bread. Mix togehter
Add cumin,baking soda, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. The mixtures taste should be a bit bolder than expexted. It will mellow out during the frying.
Let stand 30 minutes to an hour.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball.
Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).